Edward O. Wilson

Edward O. Wilson began his academic career with B.S. and M.A. degrees in biology from the University of Alabama, and a Ph.D. in biology from Harvard University. He joined the Harvard faculty in 1956 and distinguished himself over the next four decades as Professor of Zoology, Curator in Entomology at the Museum of Comparative Zoology, and Researcher. Today he continues entomological research at the Museum of Comparative Zoology.

Throughout his career Dr. Wilson has been a prolific writer. Two of his many books have been awarded Pulitzer prizes: On Human Nature (1978) and The Ants (1990, co-authored with Bert Hölldobler). With his more recent books, Wilson has continued to generate significant attention. The Diversity of Life (1992) was named one of the outstanding books of the century by the New York Public Library. In Naturalist (1994), winner of many awards, Wilson describes his growth as a scientist and the development of key principles of evolutionary biology. Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge (1998) draws together the sciences, humanities, and the arts into a broad study of human knowledge. Biological Diversity: The Oldest Human Heritage (1999) is an introduction to conservation biology intended to educate young people about the importance of biodiversity.

In addition to his books, E. O. Wilson has written hundreds of articles for scientific journals.


Focus: Conservation, Culture, Education, Environment, Ethics, Science, Sustainability, United States, Americas

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Last Updated: Mar 01, 2013

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